Young girl’s blinding headaches blamed on periods actually a STROKE

Budding dancer Georgia Smith, 13, was suffering a bad headache in January. When the headache returned, accompanied by projectile vomiting, she visited the doctor.

They believed she was suffering from a migraine and the school girl was sent home with painkillers and anti-nausea tablets.

Speaking about the incident, Georgia’s mother Carol said: “Georgia and I both thought the headaches might be a sign of her period starting, but when that second headache didn’t go away, I started to worry.

“A few days later, she was still bad and throwing up constantly. She was projectile vomiting, covering everything from her bed to curtains.

“She kept saying, ‘Mummy, help me, please. My head, my head…’. It broke my heart. If I could have taken the pain for her, I would have.”

Just days after visiting the doctor, Georgia began feeling worse.

A dramatic turn of events left her in need of rounds of emergency surgery to relieve internal pressure on her brain after her monthly ‘migraines’ turned out to be much more serious.

“Georgia was in a state all weekend. On the Monday our GP organised an emergency appointment with a neurologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“Two days later she was admitted to the hospital in agonising pain.”

The 43-year-old said: “The doctor took me off to a side-room and said Georgia needed a lumbar puncture and an MRI.

“When I heard the words ‘lumbar puncture’ I just collapsed. I fell apart. I rang Robert and told him to get to the hospital immediately.”

Georgia was exhausted, still being sick constantly and suffering a severe reaction to light.

“She was wearing her gold eye-mask with eyelashes on it all the time,” her mother continued. “She just couldn’t bear the light.

“As for the head pains, they were so bad I was doing breathing exercises with her, like you do with someone who is in labour.

“As soon as I saw the nurse after Georgia’s scan I knew it was bad news. I could tell by the look in her eyes as she walked towards me.

“She brought me to see a doctor who said, ‘I’m sorry to tell you this, but Georgia has contracted hydrocephalus. We also think she might have had a stroke.”

Young Georgia was taken for four-hour surgery to have an emergency drain put in her head which was a success but further operations were needed to install a permanent shunt into her brain to drain the fluid.

By the end of March after three MRI scans, four CT scans, two major brain operations and 19 days in hospital, Georgia was finally sent home to recover.

The news of Georgia’s condition came about just hours after it was revealed Cilla Black died from a stroke at the weekend.

Georgia had always wanted to be a dance teacher, but following her stay in hospital, she now wants to become a neurology nurse.

The youngster and her family support Sheffield Children’s Hospital Children’s Charity.

Gemma Bower, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital, said: “Getting back into dancing so soon after her treatment just shows how determined Georgia is.

“We are so pleased she chose to fundraise for us to thank the hospital for taking care of her, because every penny raised will help transform the hospital with world-class facilities.”

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